Author Archives: Gil Asakawa

Artifacts contain our cultural history, that’s why they’re so precious

  UPDATE MAY 3, 2015:T he Japanese American National Museum announced last night at a gala fundraising honoring George Takei (who’s a JANM board member as well as a community activist) that with Takei’s help, the museum will take in the collection of Japanese American concentration camp artifacts that were originally slated to go to […]

What are words worth: Hapa, Hafu or Mixed-Race?

I’ve recently finished writing revisions for a new edition of my book, “Being Japanese American: A JA Sourcebook for Nikkei, Hapa … & Their Friends,” which will be published this June by Stone Bridge Press. I mention this not just to pimp the book to you all (speaking of which, you can pre-order the book […]

“Fresh Off the Boat” could be the tipping point on TV for Asian Americans

There’s a new ABC sitcom being aired starting in February that I can hardly wait to see. I’m hoping “Fresh Off the Boat” will finally be a show where I can see people like me acting the way my family acts, with funny American situations but filtered through an Asian cultural perspective. I expect it’ll […]

Meet poet, author, speaker and caregiver Frances Kakugawa

For my role as social media fellow for AARP’s Asian American Community, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, speaking with and writing about some exceptional people. Here’s another in a series of pieces I’m cross-posting from the AARP AAPI Community Facebook page that I manage: Frances Kakugawa’s new book was perfectly timed, to be published […]

Want to get a photo in v2.0 of my book, “Being Japanese American?”

Japanese American friends: Help me make the revised edition of “Being Japanese American” the best book it can be! I’m looking for photographs of the Japanese American experience, to include in the revised 2015 edition of my book, “Being Japanese American.” Not just portraits but photos that capture our lives as JAs. Here are some […]